Nehirim East Spiritual Retreat for LGBT Jews
at Isabella Freedman Retreat Center
Falls Village, CT
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The Nehirim East Spiritual Retreat is Nehirim‚Äôs flagship retreat weekend, bringing together over one hundred LGBT Jews from around the country to the beautiful Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in Connecticut. ¬†This year is our seventh annual retreat, taking place right after Shavuot, June 10-12. ¬†Directed by¬†Dr. Zvi Bellin, Nehirim East is a unique weekend of spirituality and community: workshops, great food, sports & swimming, a pluralistic community, and plenty of time to connect and meet new people.
Jay will be delivering the keynote talk on the Sunday of the retreat, entitled “Language Matters: Why We Should Stop Saying ‘Abomination’ and ‘Sodomy.’ The Hebrew Bible never uses the words “abomination” or “sodomy” — and neither should we.¬† The words themselves, even when used on ‘our side’ (e.g. “Hate is an abomination”), are part of the misuse of the Bible in the name of repression.¬† Come learn what “toevah” really means (it isn’t abomination) and what the sin of Sodom really was (it isn’t homosexuality), and help rescue religion from the forces of fear.